Research on closed-containment aquaculture is underway

Partners in CtrlAQUA gathered earlier this week in Sunndalsøra to mark the kick-off of the centre.

New SFI: Partners in CtrlAQUA have 200 million NOK and 8 years to achieve their ambition to make closed-containment systems for salmon up to 1 kg, an off the shelf commodity. (Photo:

Four Norwegian research institutions, two international partners and a suite of industrial partners from technology and aquaculture has now kicked off a center for innovation in closed containment aquaculture. The Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker put a sparkle on the center by visiting CtrlAQUA´s kick-off meeting at Nofima in Sunndalsøra on Tuesday:

"I have great expectations for what CtrlAQUA can achieve. Eventhough eight years is a long time, there is an urgency to find solutions to achieve the objectives. Here CtrlAQUA is important, says Aspaker."

The Research Council Norway opened

CtrlAQVA (pronounced "control akva") is a center for research-based innovation (in Norwegian; senter for forskningsbasert innovasjon, SFI), which was established by the Research Council.

The Research Council's formal opening took place Wednesday at the CtrlAQUA´s kick-off gathering in Sunndalsøra, when Eirik Normann handed over the SFI plaque to the center´s Director Bendik Fyhn Terjesen from Nofima.

"You've put together a very strong consortium. I will mention that the committee that evaluated the application was fascinated by the innovation concept and its potential, and they believe the center will realise important innovations for aquaculture, says Normann."

The overarching goal of the SFI scheme is to strengthen the companies' ability to innovate and to develop leading industry-relevant research. Nofima has five leading research environments in this center partnership, Uni Research, University of Bergen, Trondheim, the Freshwater Institute of USA and Gothenburg University.

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May 29, 2015, 1:18 p.m.

cp: 2018-10-24 00:17:53